As humans, we’re hardwired for connection; our health and wellbeing are deeply rooted in our need for community and family.
The impact of strong relationships and social attachments on the quality of our lives was beginning to be better understood. And then the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and brought with it long periods of isolation and social distancing - and a new wave of loneliness. What is it in the culture and infrastructure of our societies that’s causing us to become lonelier?
New technologies are enabling us to connect in more ways than ever before, but can also drive us further apart. What action do we need to take to rebuild companionship, re-invest in our relationships and communities, and remove the stigma of loneliness? Dr Vivek Murthy, 19th and soon to be 21st Surgeon General of the United States, is leading the way in addressing the loneliness epidemic and its long overlooked links with physical illness. Loneliness is a universal human condition, he argues. But the antidote – human connection – is also universal, and brings immense healing power.
Drive sustainable change in Oxfordshire at Marmalade Festival 2023
RSA South East are delighted to support the Green Arts Oxfordshire Network initiative and invite Fellows to take part in their sessions at the Oxford-based Marmalade Festival, 11-14 April 2023.
Invitation: Southampton Fellow-led historical tours
Local historian Cheryl Butler FRSA invites Southampton Fellows to explore local heritage & history at various historical walking tours, performances and exhibitions this Spring
Our Collective Futures: RSA Fellows Planning Day Report
15 Fellows met at the Centre for Alternative Technology on 30 January 2023 to explore possibilities and priorities for our programme in 2023. Read our plans here.